Entrepreneurs’ Organization Arizona (EO) announced its selection for two highly coveted membership awards for the 2013-14-board year. Lauren Bailey, co-owner of the Upward Projects restaurants was dubbed the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ and Robert Clinkenbeard, founding principal of Integrated Landscape Management received the ‘Member of the Year’ award at the conclusion of the group’s global 24-Hour Learning Day event. Both recipients were peer nominated from amongst the membership, which is made up of 150 successful Arizona business owners.
Arizona entrepreneurs are invited to join EO based on business performance. Out of 131 global chapters spanning 40 countries, EO Arizona is a leader in ingenuity and creative thought. Their purpose is to propel entrepreneurs to learn and grow from each other, leading to greater business success and enriched personal lives.
“This is the first year for the prestigious awards and all nominees were, quite frankly, outstanding,” says David Loaney EO Arizona board president. “We have a highly driven membership that includes some of the most successful business leaders in Arizona. We felt it was important to recognize their accomplishments and significant contributions they have made to the organization as well as the greater community.”
The EO Arizona board set stringent guidelines for award recipients. After being nominated by fellow member, the award selection committee reviewed each submission, selected finalists, then held lengthy individual interviews for in-depth discovery of goal attainment. Winners were chosen based solely on accomplishments throughout the year. Entrepreneur of the Year was measured on the successes and growth of the member’s business while the Member of the Year was determined on the individual contributions to the chapter.
With Upward Projects in the past year, Bailey oversaw considerable growth of her company as they opened two new restaurants, one new concept and added 140 employees to the organization. Individually, Bailey was also nominated for various community honors. Clinkenbeard served as a role model for members and prospects with his active engagement and participation.
“My goal in EO is to impart some of the lessons I’ve learned throughout my career to other business owners, helping them navigate the sometimes difficult path to success,” says Clinkenbeard on his active chapter participation. “When our Arizona business owners are successful, the community wins with greater employment, a healthier workforce and increased attention to our local neighborhoods. Giving back of our time and talent is the best way I’ve found to achieve that.”